Purpose

Based on findings from our prior trials with parents of children with learning and attentional disabilities and parents of children with autism spectrum disorder (Kuhlthau et al., 2020; Park et al., 2020; IRB approved: #:2016P001622 and 2016P002037 respectively), the investigators propose to pilot test and refine the adapted resiliency intervention (SMART-3RP) among fathers of children with special health care needs.

Conditions

Eligibility

Eligible Ages
Over 18 Years
Eligible Genders
Male
Accepts Healthy Volunteers
No

Inclusion Criteria

  1. Self-reported identify as father or male guardian of at least one child with special health care needs (e.g., autism spectrum disorder, cerebral palsy, dyslexia) 2. Age 18 or older 3. Ability to participate in group, virtual sessions including access to computer, tablet, or smartphone and internet.

Exclusion Criteria

Fathers will not be eligible if they are unable to speak or read English, are unwilling or unable to participate in the study, or are considered medically or otherwise unable to participate by the study PI. There are no exclusion criteria with respect to ethnicity or socioeconomic status. To inform feasibility and acceptability, the investigators will document reasons for refusal and reasons why fathers are excluded (and will maintain this data in a de-identified way).

Study Design

Phase
N/A
Study Type
Interventional
Allocation
N/A
Intervention Model
Single Group Assignment
Primary Purpose
Other
Masking
None (Open Label)

Arm Groups

ArmDescriptionAssigned Intervention
Experimental
Open Pilot
An adapted version of the Relaxation Response Resiliency Program (3RP) for fathers of CYSHCN. The adapted program incorporates the three prongs of the 3RP: RR elicitation, stress awareness, and adaptive strategies.
  • Behavioral: Relaxation Response Resiliency Program for Father of CYSHCN
    Virtually delivered psycho-educational resiliency training program for fathers of CYSHCN

Recruiting Locations

Massachusetts General Hospital
Boston, Massachusetts 02114
Contact:
Lucy Fell
617-724-8546
lfell@mgh.harvard.edu

More Details

Status
Recruiting
Sponsor
Massachusetts General Hospital

Study Contact

Lucy A Fell, BA
6177248546
lfell@mgh.harvard.edu

Detailed Description

This is an open pilot study. Based on Phase I findings (IRB #2021P002838), the investigators propose to enroll up to 12 fathers (in 2 groups) of children and youth with special health care needs (CYSHCN) in the adapted SMART-3RP intervention. The SMART-3RP is an 8-session mind-body resiliency intervention that will be conducted virtually. Participants will complete the study survey at baseline and immediately following the intervention. As this is a pilot, participants will also be asked to provide weekly feedback on program sessions and participate in an exit interview following the intervention. The intervention may be iteratively modified as the investigators receive feedback from participants.

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